Facts have emerged concerning the Presidency’s refusal to bow to pressure from the opposition party –the APC, the National Assembly and activists who have insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan gives Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah the boot from the Federal cabinet. Recall that following the discovery that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) acquired two bulletproof cars valued at a staggering N255M on behalf of the Delta-born minister, the senate and House of Reps set up separate investigative committees to probe the minister which indicted her respectively but President refused to bulge to calls for the beautiful minister to go.
Oduah put up a spirited fight to save her job part of which was to send her aides to Synagogue to meet man of God, Prophet T.B Joshua for intercession when President Jonathan refused to grant her audience during the heat of the scandal. But National Weekender gathered that aside the prayers at Synagogue what really did the magic in saving the job of Oduah was appeal to the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who doubles as President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to prevail upon President Jonathan not to succumb to pressure seeking her exit from the federal cabinet.
Dame Patience Jonathan we further leant asked Oduah to travel to Jerusalem where the President was on pilgrimage and to make out time to speak with Oritsejafor who is very close to the President and always gets his attention whenever and wherever. It was after speaking with Oritsejafor who appealed to Jonathan to tamper justice with mercy and in the spirit of the pilgrimage which focused on praying for forgiveness, peace and progress of the country to forgive Oduah and let her continue on her job.
On return from Israel the First Lady also told her husband that should he sack Oduah, the opposition would claim that it is as a result of its pressure and surely will continue to do same whenever any issue arises. It was after this discussion that Oduah was invited to see Jonathan privately where she was scolded heavily for bringing his administration to ridicule and for denting the image of the fight against corruption. Jonathan told Oduah that though she may not be sacked but she may likely be deployed to another ministry to help keep her out from the focus and attention of her detractors.
In the words of our source, “Oduah has remained grateful to Oritsejafor and the First Lady for saving her job and her political career because she still nurses political ambition which may start manifesting after 2015. She is now a jolly good fellow especially after the President brushed aside the report of the three-man committee set up by the Presidency to investigate the allegations against Oduah on return from London recently.”